Bottom of Foot Pain

January 28, 2011 by  
Filed under plantar-fasciitis

In my 12 plus years in the Personal Fitness Training and Exercise Rehabilitation fields, I can honestly say that one of the most common types of “pain” that is frequently reported by clients is bottom of foot pain.  Why?  Simply because we’re on our feet everyday, it’s hard to give them a much needed rest when the bottom of our feet become painful and even throb.

For many foot pain sufferers, they simply think that if you spend much of your day on your feet, having foot pain is normal.  This is not always the case.  In my opinion, over 70% of all foot pain can be attributed to a repetitive strain injury called plantar fasciitis.  It can affect anyone at any age.

So what are the likely causes of plantar fasciitis and pain in the bottom of your foot/feet?

Before we learn about plantar fasciitis causes, it’s important to learn more about this painful foot condition called plantar fasciitis.  Plantar fasciitis is commonly described as pain and inflammation on the bottom of the foot/feet.  To be more specific, inflammation of the plantar fascia of the foot.  The fascia is thin fibrous band of tissue that attaches at your heel bone and runs along the bottom of your foot and attaches at the base of the toes.

What strikes many plantar fasciitis as strange is that the bottom of their foot is rarely tender to the touch.  It’s not until the foot actually bears weight that the real pain strikes and sets in.

Plantar fasciitis is normally not a condition that develops overnight.  It is a repetitive strain injury which means that your foot endures repeated strain and pressure over a period of time until finally an injury to one of the tissues in your foot occurs.  And in the case of plantar fasciitis, it’s the foot fascia the begins to develop tiny, micro tears.  When the fascia does not get the proper rest or care to repair and heal, it’s then that it becomes irritated and inflamed causing severe pain and discomfort.

The top causes of bottom foot pain and plantar fasciitis include:

  • an increase in physical activity
  • changes to normal foot biomechanics due to changes in surfaces that you normal run or jog on
  • shoes that do not provide enough support for surfaces that you stand on everyday
  • being overweight
  • existing muscle imbalances from the foot, all the way up your leg and into your buttocks
  • poor shoe support

These are just a few of the most common causes of plantar fasciitis and bottom of foot pain.

So now that you know that you’re suffering from an actually injury and not just ‘normal’ foot pain, what is the best and fastest way on how to treat plantar fasciitis?  It’s actual much simpler and easier than you think.

Well as someone who has suffered from plantar fasciitis, I can honestly tell you that you don’t have to shell out hundreds of dollars of your hard earned cash to doctors or podiatrists.  You definitely don’t have to wash down fistfuls of anti-inflammatory pills on a daily basis to mask the pain.  Forget about having to get painful cortisone injections or shots in your feet.

To be straight up front with you, all it really takes to completely cure plantar fasciitis and stop the pain on the bottom of your feet are 5 simple, step-by-step techniques that you can do from the comfort and convenience of your own living room without any special exercise equipment or gadgets!

how to stop bottom of foot pain